Quirky cases of selling vehicles

Ronnie Black
Ronnie Black

A north Northumberland man has clocked-up an incredible 10,000 car sales – all while holding down a full-time job as an ambulance driver and paramedic.

Ronnie Black, 64, joined Blackshaws Nissan in Alnwick as a part-time sales executive in 1983 to fill time between his busy shifts with the North East Ambulance Service.

The grandfather of two made a success of both roles, saving many lives and earning numerous commendations as a first responder and routinely topping the family-run dealership’s sales charts as a car salesman.

Alnwick-born-and-raised, Ronnie retired after 29 years as a paramedic in 2007.

Following the death of his wife Liz, he finally took the plunge and went full-time at Blackshaws.

Now, as he approaches his 30th year of service with the Lionheart Enterprise Park dealership, he has notched up well in excess of 10,000 sales and has no plans to stop selling.

Ronnie said: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed both my careers and I wouldn’t have wanted to miss out on either.

“They’ve both been really rewarding in different ways.

“I’ve always liked working hard and when I was working shifts on the ambulance, I’d get home and everyone else would be at work.

“I couldn’t face just sitting at home doing nothing so I decided to get another job.

“To begin with I never intended to be doing it for so long, but I’ve had great fun along the way and so I’ve just kept going.

“Being born and bred in Alnwick meant I knew a lot of people round here anyway and then working on the ambulance for nearly 30 years meant I got to know a lot of others.

“When people know you and trust you they come to see you first when they need a new car and, if you’re polite, friendly and never pushy, not only will they buy from you, but they’ll keep coming back.

“It also helps that Blackshaws has been established for nearly 100 years and has a great name around here.”